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Q: Now that the DNR has gotten legislative permission for roadside checks to stop the spread of invasive aquatic plants, is there anything in the works for sobriety checkpoints?
A: Short answer, no, not that I know of. Longer answer is that they are not legal without jumping through a ton of hoops that make them sometimes impractical. Saturations prove a lot more effective than checkpoints. I believe we will continue to do saturations to get the most bang for our buck and save lives. Many years ago, a DWI “checkpoint” in south-central Minnesota was planned, but a court ruling came out the day before that would have disallowed that particular checkpoint. The officers simply saturated the area and were very successful, so we just kept doing that. Thanks for asking.
Sgt. Curt S. Mowers is a regional public information officer for the Minnesota State Patrol.